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Two More Peanut Corporation of America Managers Get Prison Terms

A federal judge in Albany, Ga., sentenced two additional Peanut Corporation of America managers to prison Thursday for their roles in a nationwide 2009 outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to contaminated peanut products. Samuel Lightsey, 50, a former operations manager at PCA’s Blakely, Ga., plant was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Daniel Kilgore, 46, a former operations manager at the same plant, was sentenced to 72 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The sentences followed the Sept. 21 sentencing of PCA owner and chief Stewart Parnell, 61, ... Read More

ConAgra pays record criminal fine for contaminated peanut butter

ConAgra has agreed to pay the U.S. government an $8 million criminal fine for violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act when it distributed peanut butter contaminated with salmonella bacteria and caused a massive national outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 2006 and 2007. ConAgra’s fine is the largest criminal fine ever paid in a food safety case. The Omaha, Neb.,-based food company also agreed to forfeit assets worth $3.2 million as part of the settlement, bringing the total fines to $11.2 million. The criminal fines stem from shipments of peanut butter sold under the Peter Pan brand and various ... Read More

Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, as well as lots of private label almond butter from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected by the recall. The nut butters were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Routine testing by the ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America executive indicted by Grand Jury on charges stemming from Salmonella Outbreak

The owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), where one of the deadliest Salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history originated, has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury on 76 criminal charges. A group of employees and associates of the now-defunct company have also been arraigned in connection to the 2009 outbreak, which killed 9 people and sickened more than 700. According to the indictment, unsealed this week, PCA’s former owner, Stewart Parnell, 58, is charged with committing criminal fraud and conspiracy for allegedly selling and shipping out peanut products known to be contaminated. The Salmonella-tainted peanut butter and other peanut-based ... Read More

Peanut recall expanded again over salmonella fears

Sunland, Inc., the Portales-New Mexico based peanut grower, has expanded its nationwide peanut recall even further to include raw and roasted peanuts. The company took the measure as a precaution in the midst of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people in 19 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The company said that customers should avoid eating raw and roasted Sunland peanuts, both shelled and in the shell that are still in their current shelf life. Roasted peanuts included in this recall were distributed between April 12, 2012 to October 12, ... Read More

Salmonella fears prompt Rich Products Corp to recall products containing Sunland peanuts

The nationwide recall involving peanut products made by New Mexico-based Sunland, Inc. was expanded this week to include two products made by Rich Products Corporation (“Rich’s”): Jon Donaire® brand Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake and TCBY® Peanut Buttery Fudge Deep Dish Frozen Yogurt Pie. “Rich’s Quality Assurance Team has determined that the two products contain ingredients sourced from a supplier using Sunland, Inc. peanuts in the production of certain lots of the products and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,” the company said in a statement. “Specifically, the peanut butter ribbon provided by our supplier contains peanuts sourced ... Read More

Nationwide peanut butter recall for salmonella risk

Sunland, Inc., based in New Mexico, has expanded its peanut butter recall nationwide, citing a risk of salmonella. The company initially issued a limited recall of some of its peanut butter products last week. Now, the company is recalling all of its peanut butter and almond butter products manufactured since May 2012. It is feared the products may contain Salmonella Bredeney, a rare strain of Salmonella that is linked to 29 illnesses in 18 states since June 11. The products affected by this recall have a “Best If Used By” date between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. The ... Read More

FDA eyes pistachios as it receives reports of salmonella poisoning

This week, Food and Drug Administration officials issued an alert warning consumers to avoid eating pistachios and food containing pistachios while it investigates the source of another possible salmonella outbreak. The FDA announced that Setton International Foods, Inc., a division of Terra Bella Inc., would voluntarily recall approximately 2 million pounds of roasted pistachios that have been shipping since last fall. The investigation and recall come after two people contacted the FDA complaining of symptoms of salmonella poisoning after eating the nuts. Although the link has not yet been confirmed, the plant where the pistachios were processed temporarily shut down ... Read More

FDA report reveals peanut plant’s carelessness in food safety

Last month, inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration visited the Plainview, Texas, peanut processing plant owned and operated by the Peanut Corporation of America. The inspection was ordered after investigators linked a salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 700 people in nearly every state to the Peanut Corp’s plant in Blakely, Georgia. Shortly after the outbreak, news broke that the company’s sister plant in Texas plant actually operated unlicensed and uninspected for years. Inspectors rushed in. What they found at the plant defines corporate irresponsibility and underscores the shortcomings of government agencies on both federal and state levels in doing ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America closes for good

Peanut Corporation of America has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia following the recall of peanut products produced in the company’s Blakely, Georgia, and Plainview, Texas, facilities. “It’s regrettable, but it’s inevitable with the events of last month,” Andrew S. Goldstein, the bankruptcy attorney who filed the petition, told the Associated Press. Investigators have traced the national salmonella outbreak to peanuts produced by the Peanut Corp. in its Blakely, Georgia, factory. They estimate that the contaminated peanut butter has sickened 630 people and caused the deaths of 9. According to the AP, the board “had ... Read More